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Great hike. We started at 7 am and finished by 2 pm. No wild life . Saw 2 birds and 1 fish

I did this trail 2 days ago without really knowing what I was getting myself into. My two friends had a permit they got months ago and I added onto it the day before which was great but I didn’t have the opportunity to do much research. The other reviewers on here are really down playing the difficulty level of this trail. With numbers like 7 miles and 1200’ of elevation change I thought this would be a breeze but I was happily surprised by the challenging terrain. After the 400’ incline getting down the canyon you are in and out of walking in the river, along with constantly climbing over boulders the entire way up. The way back kept the fun going until you get back to the wall you have to climb up to get out of the canyon. This hike was a challenge that I enjoyed every minute of! Definitely now one of my all time favorite hikes. I was very happy I rented dry pants and neoprene socks for this trail although at the beginning I questioned if that decision was really necessary. I am usually a fast hiker but this trail took me a full 8 hours with very few breaks!

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20 days ago

A very fun trail, good for almost any level of experience hiker. The initial decent into the canyon is he only “hard” part that could be challenging on the way back up. But for any reasonably fit person it’s super fun. We did it two days before thanksgiving and rented dry socks, boots, and dry pants which I think was totally worth it to be able to walk through the water and play around. It was about 40-50 degrees and just a tiny bit cold on the feet but once you’re moving we stayed very warm and we’re not at all uncomfortable. There were people that did it with regular boots on and managed to stay dry it just takes a little longer to navigate around the water at times. In terms of timing it took us about 5 hours to complete. Started at 8am and finished around 2pm. We stopped to take photos about 3 times for approximately 10 minutes each time and a 20 minute lunch break. Would love to come back and do this in the summer!!!

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1 month ago

This hike did not disappoint! started at 9 am and finished by 430, but we really really took our time. the weather was gorgeous and our hiking boots and smart wool socks were fine for the hike. perhaps bring an extra pair of socks or get neoprene if youre worried. this time of year the water didnt even touch our ankles. be prepared to climb and navigate
the hike is not too difficult but definitely is technical. also, be prepared to work your butt off when Climbing back out.

one of my favorite hikes ever

hiking
1 month ago

Another wonderful hike in Zion. This was a long day hike. We felt the warnings that came with this hike might have been overkill. “Route finding required” basically just means there isn’t a paved path; there’s multiple paths braiding both sides of the river. Other than the hike in and out of the valley, the hike is not challenging, but it is still a long day.

The subway was rad, and a main reason for visiting Zion. It’s a must do trip if you can get a permit.

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1 month ago

Definitely wouldn’t rate this trail as hard. I’d say its more like moderate. The hardest part is climbing back up the steep canyon, took a few stops to catch my breath. Bring water shoes and water socks makes it a bit easier on yourself. We had water leggings also but did not wear them. We didn’t get into the water at the end to see the water fall as it’s October and it was too cold. Bring snacks, a good pair of hiking shoes to hike in then bring something water proof to change into. If you are debating on bringing your professional camera you can it will be safe make sure you have a dry bag for extra safety. We did this hike late as we drove that morning 4 hours to get there and also had a difference in an hour in the time change. We began around 1130 which the ranger said we are starting off late after picking up permits, and we got out around 530pm. It was cold but we layered and were ok

Definitely one of the best hikes I've ever been on! this is the only way to do the subway, folks. Coming from the other direction causes you to miss out on the whole experience. Ropes for obstacles & harnesses for repelling are necessary. tricky to find the trail in places but that is part of the adventure!! wetsuits also necessary in the late season. I love this hike!

Your information is incorrect on access to Lava Point Lookout and trails on the Kolob Terrace.. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO ACCESS UNTIL MAY not March.. The road is closed to snowmobiles only and Is not accessible until later in MAY.. Our local search and rescue does not need to be rescuing stranded individuals that try to access in March, April... these months are dangerous winter conditions..

This is also true for the scenic byway dates. We have heavy snow and drifts until MAY...

Please update your information to reflect this change.... Much appreciated

Amazing trail! As others have mentioned, bring water shoes - the whole section from the red falls to the subway is best done in the river itself instead of climbing boulders on the side. Make sure to swim at the end of the subway for an unforgettable section behind the waterfall! The permit is not that hard to get through the last minute lottery mid-week.

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2 months ago

Amazing trail but challenging!! The hardest part is finding the trail and staying on it. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the downloaded map from All Trails. Getting down to the valley floor is steep so I would recommend poles (although we did it without them, slowly). Once you get to the valley floor it’s pretty flat with several river crossings (wish we had worn water shoes with neoprene socks to change into). The last 1/3, after the dinosaur tracks, is basically boulder climbing. The last 10 minutes is walking up the creek to the subway. It’s beautiful!! A great place to have a snack. We did see 2 snakes (one rattlesnake sunning on a rock and one king snake going into a whole). We started at 11, a bit late, and ended at 6:15, with a 30 minute stop at the subway. Don’t forget you need a permit!

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2 months ago

Beautiful from start to finish! We were lucky and won the “lottery” and was able to get a last minute permit! We got to the trail head about 7:45 and there were only a few people there. I think it took about 6 hours to complete but we stopped for pictures many times. We definitely saw more people on our hike back. Make sure you don’t miss the dinosaur tracks on the left side of the trail when headed to the subway. It was very amazing!

The best hike I’ve ever done in my life!

hiking
2 months ago

Totally worth the extra leg work to get there. (Meaning permit and drive). Being a solo I lucked out and walked up to the Wilderness desk and got a permit for following day. I’ve got good luck!

The trail was what I’d consider moderate and only so bc of the trail navigation skills required. I found it to be beautiful and peaceful. It’s hard not to feel special connection with so few people out there.

The potholes were Fantastic! The morning was perfect weather and by noon when I finished- the sun hit the incline part of the trail. That’s was great motivation to finish that last mile quickly.

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2 months ago

This trail was unforgettable and hands-down the best hike of my trip to Zion. We started the hike around 7:20 AM and finished around 2:00 PM. We had the trail to ourselves the majority of the time.

The slot canyons are absolutely breathtaking and worth the trek. The only strenuous portions of the trail are the descent and ascent to the river. Otherwise it’s quite a pleasant and easy trail. The terrain is mostly sand, so it’s similar to walking on a beach in hiking shoes.

Recommendations:
- Start early in the day because the climb in and out of the canyon is quite steep and strenuous; you won’t want to do that in full sun.
- Pay attention for snakes, spiders, and poison ivy on the social trails out of the river.
- The water in the slot canyons is COLD, so brace yourself.
- Bring some sandwiches to enjoy once you’re out of the subway. There’s a nice flat rock to sit on and relax. You’ll be surrounded by a waterfall and butterflies.

I've been to almost every national park in the lower 48 and this is definitely the most variety and most fun of them all. We're two females who brought climing rope and harnesses (well worth the extra weight carry, plus its mandatory to get out of upper Subway). The first portion climbing/skidding/sliding down an intensely HUGE rock mesa is breathtaking. We said over and over that we'd happily just do that hike anytime! Then you get into the deep canyons and just when you're tired of walking, you rappel, then you swim (ALL your gear will be in water and there are many places you can't touch), then you emerge in one of countless amazing tunnel and slot canyons, then you do it all over again. Swimming through the narrowest slot canyon after rappelling down the entrance was my favorite. There's a wide, soft sand beach in the sun where you can dry out a bit before exploring the open-ceiling tunnel housing the famous log that everyone takes pics of. This is truly a bucket list experience and I'm thrilled to have done it. NOTE: the last 2 hours are GRUELING...bring some electrolyte chews for this and just keep going.

Once in a lifetime experience; however, I'm returning for another viewing of this sensational place.

Views were okay. Pretty easy hike, decently flat but pretty rocky. Cool to see a different part of Zion. Took about 3.5-4 hours.

3 months ago

We started at the JEM trailhead off Rte 59. Mostly easy and flat with desert landscape and beautiful views of the red and yellow cliffs and mesas. No shade. Great for dogs but a lot of the trail loop has sharp drop off edges. Popular with mountain bikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! You'll need a backcountry permit to do this hike. It's not maintained since you just follow the river upstream, but there is a definite trail to follow (unless you simply want to wade in the river the whole way). The current is not swift at all, and is actually stagnant in most places, so if you have water shoes go for it.

The Subway is at the very end of the hike, and can be slick since the water is now running over moss-covered rocks. The circular pools in the Subway offer a nice place to cool off after sweating all day! Although we saw a number of people rappelling with wet suits on! The water is certainly freezing in the Subway where it's shady (not nearly so for the rest of the hike).

The steep switchbacks at the beginning are the most difficult part of this trail. The rest of it is flat walking along the river, navigating boulders, trees, river crossings, etc. with little difficulty. Aside from the switchbacks, I would not rate this trail as hard. Although it is long.

Bring water shoes and clothes that can get wet! Also, mind the weather and don't enter the Subway if you hear thunder.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike. If you’re an experienced hiker this trail is extremely easy to navigate. If you are new to strenuous hikes with little trailheads then it’s best to buy a physical subway trail map at the zion visitor center; it helps tremendously and makes your trip more focused on the wonderful views this hike has to display. The coolest part was seeing ancient dinosaur tracks that lay on a slab of rock half way in the hike! So cool! The red waterfall and actual subway at the rendezvous was mind-blowingly beautiful. Make sure to bring plenty of snacks and plenty of water since it is about a 5-8 hour hike depending on how much time you spend at the subway. Couldn’t have asked for a better hike!

nature trips
3 months ago

Such a beautiful hike, a bit long and exhausting but well worth it all. The falls inside the caves at the end are amazing and refreshing after that long hike.
Remember the trail back or you might get lost or turned around. A bit tricky towards the end but it’s doable.

Great trail, look forward to doing it again next month.

Amazing amazing place... not to be missed
Easy enough hike, trail is well wide with not too much traffic

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4 months ago

My boyfriend and I won permits for this hike about a year ago now and it was a great experience. Though I will disagree with the mileage listed above. By the end of the day as we reached the car my GPS indicated over 11mi hiked. NPS page for The Subway notes 9mi from the bottom up. Either way expect a long slow approach, though we flew out! Maybe because we were going against the current of the creek on the way in.
We opted to bring out hiking boots as well as a ultra light sneakers for in the water. I’m glad we had both, my fee would not have faired well wearing my ultra light sneakers the whole hike.
I was also really happy to have my trek poles.
Bring some tasty food and have a hang and a swim when you reach the subway! Though there are several great swimming holes along the way.
Take your time as the rocks get be unpredictable and really slippery at times and you’re in the backcountry so a slip and fall here may end up being a bigger deal than if you were in the narrows in the park.
Have lots of water or a water filter, even though we were down near the creek with a moderate amount of tree coverage it was still really hot.
Enjoy!

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4 months ago

Amazing hike! Very beautiful and the cool dip in the water is totally worth it!

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4 months ago

There has been a report for “probable chance of flooding” in Zion this week, but rangers were still issuing permits for this hike. Just be sure to start early and use GPS and/or cairns for direction! Very easy to get lost off the trail if you’re not careful. Otherwise, amazing experience at the “Subway” area. Make sure to swim to the last waterfall!

Loved this hike! It was super hot so bring lots of water. Two 20-year old unfit girls did it in about 4 1/2 hours.

Very challenging hike with a bunch of variety! So many different terrains and geologic features throughout the hike. The last few miles feel like they take forever and the final push up out of the canyon tests your limits. So rewarding to finish!

Coolest hike I’ve ever done. Took about 7 hours all the way through. This is a one way trail so you need to leave your car at the bottom and have a ride to the top to be dropped off. $15 permit required. The views are incredible, staying on the trail in the beginning is tricky. You have to look for the rock stack markers. But once you’re in the water you’re there. Very different than any hike I’ve ever done. Very remote and they only allow 80 ppl a day to go in. We didn’t see many people on the way.

5 months ago

Need a permit for this hike. You will have to drive out from the campsite to get here. Beware - the beginning trek which brings you down to the river is VERY STEEP. You’ll need to remember that for when you return to your car. Bring LOTS of water. Stacked rocks will guide you on your journey all the way to the end. Flash flooded night before so the pools were willed with sand :( incredible hike! Took about 8 hours if I remember correctly.

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